November and December can be very stressful for many people because their normal routine is often disrupted by holiday breaks, the kids being out of school, work schedule changes, party requests, diet changes, gift buying excitement or woes, grieving the loss of a loved one, strained relationships, holiday concerts, travel traffic… and the list could go on… and on… and on.
Let’s be honest… some of us thrive on the chaos of the season… and some of us get a bit overwhelmed.
Whether you are an extrovert and enjoy hopping from party to party and event to event or an introvert and you prefer to snuggle under the blanket by the fire and sip on hot cocoa with marshmallows while cherishing your “me time”, EVERYONE NEEDS TO RELAX!
Your body needs to rest and relax so that you can feel rejuvenated and refreshed. The old saying, “we all need a little R & R” is very true.
Yes, I am purposely asking, “How Fast Can You Stand Up and Sit Down 5 Times?”
Make sure to time yourself with a stopwatch.
My time was 9 seconds. What is yours?
Now, the next question is, “Why am I asking this?”
I ask because a recent study shows that people who cannot perform this test in less than 12 seconds, are less likely to be able to walk 6000 steps per day.
A good walking goal to strive for is 10,000 steps per day. If you can walk 10,000 steps per day – the equivalent of walking approximately 5 miles per day – then you are less likely to be inactive.
Inactivity can lead to weight gain and joint stiffness. Obesity-related illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and some types of cancer are on the rise in America. Therefore, having the ability to walk 6,000-10,000 steps per day is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Why else is the Five Times Sit-To-Stand Test so important?
Because if it takes you >16...
I get this question all the time: “Dr. Jeanette, what’s the difference between a sprain and strain?”
Before I can answer that, I need to review a bit of terminology:
A ligament is soft tissue that connects bone to bone. A sprain is an injury to the ligament.
A tendon is soft tissue that connects muscle to bone. A strain is an injury to the muscle or to the tendon.
We’ve all heard this question, “Do you want coffee, tea, or milk?”
With the addition of soda, energy drinks, nutritional drinks, protein drinks… well, you know, the list goes on and on and on…
Why not keep it simple and go back to the traditional 3 + 1?
Coffee, tea, milk, and water?
For a complete list of benefits: ...
Anyone who knows me knows that I exercise regularly, eat healthy 80% of the time, and try to find some “me” time to relax.
Because I am a physical therapist and an athletic trainer, I tend to get asked a lot of questions about “what do I do when this [fill in the blank] hurts?” or “can you tell why I have this pain?”
Besides those questions, I get asked A LOT about “WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EAT?” or “WHAT DIET DO YOU RECOMMEND?”
Now, let’s be clear. I am NOT a nutrition expert and I am NOT a registered dietician.
If anyone has any dietary concerns or has any health problems related to diabetes, heart disease, thyroid issues, or any other medical issues that can be influenced by diet, I absolutely recommend seeking professional assistance with a Registered Dietician who can create an individualized and custom diet plan for you.
I can only speak in general terms based on the research I have read for my own personal benefit...
This is a true problem and is medically known as “Adhesive Capsulitis.”
Your shoulder joint has a capsule of soft tissue surrounding the joint to enhance the stability of the joint and prevent the shoulder from dislocating.
Unfortunately, that capsule can become super tight and sort of stick to itself; hence, the “adhesive” part of the diagnosis.
Think about this way:
Look at the shirt you are wearing and take the fabric of the shirt in your armpit and hold on to it – now try to raise your arm. Do you feel your shirt restricting your shoulder motion?
That’s a very basic way to describe adhesive capsulitis.
BECAUSE YOUR SHOULDER ACTUALLY FEELS FROZEN OR STUCK LIKE IT WON’T MOVE.
Adhesive capsulitis typically goes through 4 phases:
This is one of the most common questions I am asked in my office.
Let’s break it down based on injury type and pain type.
Use ICE for the following:
Benefits of ice are:
Use HEAT for the following:
AVOID heat if:
Benefits of heat are:
Have you ever:
Does any of this sound familiar?
Or, are you concerned for someone you know who experiences these situations?
These situations ARE NOT NORMAL.
You or someone you know should NOT experience dizziness or a sense of disorientation doing everyday things like rolling in bed, standing in the shower, walking across the room, or kneeling to pick up an object dropped on the floor.
If you are, then you may be suffering from Benign...
If that makes you want to crawl under the covers, then you need some tips to defend yourself and your family from all the muck and yuck that might enter your doors.
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